In 2011, USDA made the switch from promoting the food pyramid to the “ChooseMyPlate” initiative.
MyPlate shows us how to include a variety of nutrients into each meal as a way to promote a balanced plate. This helps to ensure we are receiving the benefits that each nutrient provides.
Why build a balanced plate at mealtimes?
- Support your body’s energy needs and optimize physiological functions
- Ensure you are eating a variety of nutrients
- Promote growth and development
- Provide satiety and satisfaction after eating
- Prevent nutrient deficiencies and chronic disease risk